Jul 9, 2011 3:00pm PDT
planned. u.s. officials say they killed 120 insurgents. many taliban, but several of them arabs linked to al qaeda damaging their network. the clashes reveal that al qaeda for years, said to be mostly across the border in pakistan is a concern back where they started in afghanistan's hills. we pushed down into the valley, still an insurgent strong hold. high-tech american attack helicopters buzzed overhead until militants shot at them from the valley. >> it's uncharacteristic from the taliban i know. they're getting gutsy. right past there. if you go past that you're going to take enemy contact, it's pretty certain. >> the afghans are clear about who lay in weight for them ahead. >> translator: it's very dangerous, there are taliban, arabs, pakistanis there. >> at the foot of the valley, the american base is often hit by pot shots, sometimes from lone gunmen up high who they then mortar. al qaeda's return to these remote hills could tie america's hands, making harder to justify pulling back from here. the terrorist network that made america's case for invading. nick payton walsh, cnn a
Jul 10, 2011 10:00pm PDT
here. >> that's my question. can pakistan's military take on the taliban and militancy without u.s. money and resources, reza? >> reporter: well, look. they have a big army. 600,000 soldiers. it's one of the biggest armies of the world. they are not the best trained army, not the most proficient when it comes to fighting and insurgency. fighting that the taliban, that they've needed the help of the u.s. in the past, but, again, they're saying they don't need the help anymore. they're going to continue to fight without the u.s.' help. but it doesn't square with previous statements made in the past. previous demands for the u.s. to give them more money, give them resources, claims that they need help. now they say they don't need help. i think this is gamesmanship and i think all of this really underscores a troubled relationship, but i think what's important to point out is though the relationship is hurting there is no indication that it will end. both countries realize that they need one another so i think there are indications that it will stagger forward despite the troubles.
Jul 13, 2011 3:00am PDT
trusted guards. the taliban claims the guard, who was also killed, was working for them. >> top lawmakers going back to the white house this afternoon for another round of tense debt talks. republicans still refusing to accept a deal with any tax hikes in it and the president is warning there won't be enough money to cover social security checks if they don't raise the debt ceiling by august 2nd. ♪ ♪ rocket man ♪ rocket man ♪ i'm burning out >> good morning, "atlantis." the crew of the final shuttle mission woke up to a fitting tune this morning, elton john's "rocket man." crews will spend most of the day transferring equipment and supplies to the international space station. astronauts completed the final spacewalk of the shuttle era yesterday. the 160th spacewalk devoted to building and plain take the international space station yao back to our top story, the debt talks. president obama and lawmakers from both parties will meet to try to hammer out a deal to raising the nation's debt ceiling. republican leaders have refused to consider any tax hikes and the president says if the